Hatfield said the bags can also be used during natural disasters and other situations resulting in injury, and the school board and the hospital consulted with registered nurses within the district to determine the items for the kits.
"The next key point will be to develop a training program, and honestly, it's going to be thrown off course a little bit because of water situations and weather situations, so it may not move as quickly as we'd hoped, but in the near future, every one of our employees will be trained in every school on the use of this kit," he said. "Hopefully, we never have to use it."
Board member and dentist Craig Spicer said although the county has never had an active shooter situation in one of its school, he believes it's important for the county to consider the potential medical needs of a school in an emergency situation.
"We have multiple staff members who already are CPR certified, so they're already covered, but this will present a learning curve for us as well, as far as training goes," Spicer said. "It's going to be pretty far-reaching; it isn't going to just be a couple of days."
Despite missing several days because of bad weather and a chemical leak, Hatfield said the system still has enough leeway to complete 175 days of instruction. He said Buffalo High School has been flushed for the third time since the Elk River chemical spill Jan. 9, and levels of Crude MCHM in the school are undetectable. The state requires 180 days of instruction.
"You may think, 'well, you're still five days short.' We are, but in reality, we're not. By that, I mean we have what is called 'accrued time,' which means that every day we're going above the minimum amount of time we have to spend with our kids," Hatfield said.
According to Hatfield, every school varies, but the county calculated the minimum amount of accrued time and determined that it had six days of accrued instruction time.
"It's not as bleak as you might think," Hatfield said. "We still feel as though we're going to be able to provide a good education to these kids this school year, and they're not going to lose as much as you might think."
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